This morning we got our first real look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and what a look it was. The trailer was a beautiful and stunning mix of new and classic Star Wars imagery. One of the things that made us all do a double take was seeing the character of Mon Mothma make an appearance as the character who gives Jyn Erso her mission. But wait, that’s not the same actress who played the role in Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, because of course it isn’t, but rather it’s actress Genevieve O’Reilly, who’s actually playing the role for the second time.
The character of Mon Mothma is best known as the woman who gives the briefing on the Death Star attack in Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi. If you’ve been through your prequel trilogy DVDs, you also know that the character was supposed to make an appearance, playing a young senator in Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith. As Entertainment Weekly point out, Genevieve O’Reilly was the actress who played the part, though the scene was eventually cut from the final version of the film.
It’s funny how things come together. In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Mon Mothma was a young Senator, but now, more than 10 years after that film was released, Genevieve O’Reilly is a little older, and the perfect age to play the older Mon Mothma, just a few years before we would see her in Return of the Jedi. While the original scene is probably not considered "canon" since it wasn’t part of the film, it still feels like an attempt to keep continuity with the other films in the franchise. It’s also one of the few direct references to the prequels that we’ve seen in the new movies thus far. Here’s one of the scenes.
It was exciting to see the character of Mon Mothma once again and we’re looking forward to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as we’re sure there will be numerous references to the original trilogy throughout the movie. We’re hoping other minor characters also get the chance to expand their history in this, and future, films.
Here's that trailer again:
Which minor character from the original trilogy would you like to see make a new appearance in Rogue One?